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Michael Vaughan prepares to sweep

When Vaughan was golden

Until Joe Root came along, the last time England could boast about having the world's best batsman in their ranks was in 2002, the year of Michael Vaughan

Jaik Mickleburgh in action against Surrey

The toughest finishing school in cricket

Many young England cricketers have honed their skills in the unforgiving world of Australian grade cricket. The latest generation is no exception

Graham Gooch scored 115 in the semi-final

When Gooch tamed Pakistan

The England batsman's 142 in Karachi in 1987 was a lesson in mastering spin in the subcontinent

Ravi Bopara hits out for Essex against Middlesex on the first weekend of NatWest Blast

County blogs: Essex

Bopara deserves a chance to revive Essex

Ravi Bopara deserves a chance to reshape an Essex side reeling from the departure of coach Paul Grayson and with senior players increasingly failing to deliver

Tom Westley drives down the ground

County blogs: Essex

Essex show dramatic turnaround

Paul Grayson said before the season that he thought Essex could gain promotion from Division Two of the County Championship and win a one-day trophy, but only now are the county finding form